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My book was published this year, visit its website.

Why am I here?

I am interested in how robots can use the sense of vision to accomplish a broad range of tasks. These might range from recognizing places or text in the world to dynamic tasks. An example of a visual dynamic task is something like hand-eye coordination, and for a robot it might be visual control of flying or driving or manipulation of objects.

Why vision? Nature has invented the eye ten different times so it must be an effective sensor for doing a diverse range of tasks. Vision sensors and computing power are getting cheaper and cheaper. Now is the time to be doing vision for robotics!

Some specific topics of interest include:

  • The use of visual information for controlling robot motion, a technique known as visual servoing.
  • Very wide field-of-view cameras based on fisheye lens and lens/mirror (catadioptric) optical systems.
  • Optical flow, how images from a moving robot can be used to infer the world's 3D structure and the robot's motion
  • Computer architectures for implementing computer vision algorithms in real time
  • Stereo vision, using information from one or more cameras to create the 3D world structure.
  • Vision processing within networks of cameras.

and in the non-vision category:

  • Wireless sensor networks and applications, particularly environmental management
  • The combination with robotics to create mobile sensing systems
  • Aerial robots
  • Robotics; control architectures, sensor-based control
  • Real-time distributed computer applications

My students

  • Steve Martin is working on planning and control for very high speed driving.
  • Inkyu Sa is working on navigation and mapping for a quadrotor flying robot.
  • Liam O'Sullivan is working on high-performance vision-based quadcopter control.
  • Zongyuan Ge is working on computer vision to classify animal species.
  • Haixing Wu is working on compressed sensing for multispectral imaging.

Past students and theses:


School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Queensland University of Technology
Gardens Point, S Block 1127
Street: 2 George Street, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 4000
Postal: PO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA 4001
phone: + 61 7 3138 1794
fax: + 61 7 3138 1469

Brief bio

I joined Queensland University of Technology at the start of 2010. I'm known for my research in vision-based robot control, field robotics and wireless sensor networks.
I received a B.Eng and M.Eng.Sc. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, all from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to QUT I was a senior principal research scientist at CSIRO where I founded the Autonomous Systems laboratory, a 50-person team undertaking research in mining, ground, aerial and underwater robotics, as well as sensor networks. I subsequently led a major cross-organizational "capability platform" in wireless sensor networks.

More bio on my QUT profile page, Wikipedia  or my full Vitae (PDF).

Professional and Group Associations

Scientific Community Service


Check out:

Erdos number

My Erdos number is no more than 4. The paths that I know about are:

  • Erdos -> Subbarao -> Vidyasagar -> (Spong|Hutchinson) -> me (Illinois path)
  • Erdos -> Noga Alon -> Erik Demain -> Daniela Rus -> me (MIT path)

Some things I worked on in 2013

Some things I worked on in 2012

Some things I worked on 2011

Getting my book out the door, the writing is over, now its the code and the web site (stay tuned)

Some things I worked on 2010


Things I'm working on this year


I post a bit on Google+.

Very occasional blog

New ARC Centre of Excellence
QUT is leading a new ARC Centre of Excellence in Robotic Vision, with partners U. Adelaide, ANU and Monash.  Overseas partners are Oxford, Imperial, ETH, INRIA and Georgia Tech.  Some details on the round can be found on the ARC website
FSR2013 is over
IMG_1284.JPGWe've just finished hosting a very successful Field and Service Robotics Conference here at QUT, jointly organised with CSIRO.  We held the meeting in the forum, in the round, with the presenter in the middle surrounded by the audience.  It worked really well.   The next meeting in this series will be June 2015 in Toronto.
Summer school in Santiago
P1030869.JPG Last week I was fortunate to be invited to present some lectures at the IEEE RAS summer school on Robot Vision and Applications  Left to right: Radu Rusu, myself, Andy Davison and Omar Daud (postdoc) at Omar's favourite restaurant.
_dsc1417.jpg I gave a talk last week in the Innovation series and tried to bring together some ideas about robots and big picture problems such as population, dependency ratio and climate change.  Here is the video and a PDF of the presentation
IMG_0833.JPG I'm at the annual panel of editors meeting (my third).  It's a gathering of the editors-in-chief of all IEEE transaction and magazine as well as the IEEE editorial, production and other staff. Interesting things happening in the area of open access, new style journals, improved versions of Xplore and plenty more.
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